Showing posts with label Bud Selig. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bud Selig. Show all posts

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Losing Season, Harvey, Wright, Francisco, Knuckleballers, Selig

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets fell to 4-25 at home since the All-Star break and saw their tragic number sliced to two for postseason elimination with St. Louis' win against Houston. The Mets (66-82) also clinched their fourth consecutive losing season. They have scored three runs or fewer in 15 straight home games, three shy of matching the major league record, held by the 1915 Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Matt Harvey allowed a game-opening homer to Jimmy Rollins and did not surrender another hit in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. But Josh Edgin surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Ryan Howard and the Mets lost, 3-2, in Harvey's final 2012 start.

Harvey is disappointed his season is ending two weeks before his teammates because of an innings limit, but he ended on a solid note. He will not be allowed to throw off a mound on the side during the remainder of the season to work on things -- it's a complete shutdown.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Selig giving Mets Ownership the wait and see approach about their finances

According to's  Ken Rosenthal, the Mets ownership is getting the Selig’s wait-and-see approach, while this may be frustrating to many Mets fans, is no different than his approach on most issues. He prefers teams to resolve their own problems, without interference from the commissioner.

Selig is betting that the Mets’ picture will become clearer over the next several months — and he indeed may be proved correct.

The way the Mets see it, they are on the verge of raising $200 million from minority investors. That money will help them pay back a $25 million loan to baseball, a $40 million bridge loan to Bank of America and part of a $375 million loan on the team.

The Mets also believe they will prevail over Irving Picard, the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff. Picard initially sought $1 billion in claims against Wilpon and his co-owner, Saul Katz, but U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff already has knocked down that figure.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bud Selig says "no timetable" for Mets to repay $25 Million Dollar Loan

Fox sports reports there is no timetable for the Mets to repay the $25 million they received last season from Major League Baseball, according to commissioner Bud Selig.

But Selig, speaking to reporters last night before the Brewers faced the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLCS at Miller Park, indicated he's satisfied with the progress the Mets have made trying to rectify their financial problems.

The Mets recently ended negotiations with David Einhorn to buy a minority stake in the team, and principal owner Fred Wilpon will instead attempt to sell small blocks of the franchise to friends and family.

"I don't have any concerns," Selig said. "I've talked to Fred a lot about it, and they seem to be making good progress at what they're trying to do. He feels comfortable with it, and I really don't [have concerns] at this point. They've made no demands or anything. They seem to be moving along in the right path."

Nevertheless, Selig said there is no timetable in place for the Mets to repay their loan.
"We haven't discussed that -- I don't know that," Selig said. "But it will be paid back."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bud Selig says, "Mets threw him under bus" for 9/11 cap request

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig reportedly chewed out the New York Mets' front office Sunday night, accusing the team of throwing him "under the bus" by revealing that the league nixed the team's request to wear caps honoring first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Selig made an "irate" phone call to the organization after the team said the league denied its request to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks by wearing the caps of emergency-services agencies that responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

"Selig  got embarrassed by it," a Mets official told the Post Monday night. "The game got moved into prime time because of 9/11, and MLB ended up getting embarrassed."

New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine, wearing a New York Police Department cap, and catcher Mike Piazza, wearing a Port Authority Police Department cap, applaud in honor of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Sept. 21, 2001, at Shea Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. The Mets won 3-2.

In 2001, the Mets, shelved their traditional black caps with blue brims for the caps of police, firefighters and other responders during the first professional sporting event in New York City after the attacks.

A decade later, the league rejected the team's proposal to repeat its tribute during Sunday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

"Certainly it's not a lack of respect," Joe Torre, the league's executive vice president for baseball operations, told The Associated Press Sunday. "We just felt all the major leagues are honoring the same way with the American flag on the uniform and the cap. This is a unanimity thing."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bud Selig Approves Mets Ownership Deal with Einhorn

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that he will approve the partial sale of the Mets to hedge-funder David Einhorn once the deal is finalized.

The sale of a $200 million minority stake in the club has taken longer than expected to complete. Einhorn initially said he expected to close the deal by the end of June, and neither side has offered an updated timetable. But once the terms are agreed on, Selig said he won't hold up the deal.

"What the [heck], he played baseball in my backyard. How can I turn him down?" Selig said at a luncheon with baseball writers before the All-Star Game. While growing up in a Milwaukee suburb, Einhorn said he used to play baseball in the backyard of Selig's neighbor.

"Yeah, he's cleared," Selig said. "Now, they have to finish the deal. And by the way, I think they're making very good progress."

Bud Selig Talks Instant Replay, Salary Caps and Playoff Expansion

As Major League Baseball took its all-star break, Commissioner Bud Selig had the chance to give his annual talk to the fans and touched on a few interesting topics when he answered questions live over the internet from Phoenix.

Selig said that MLB is looking into using more video replays to help umpires make the right calls and is also hoping to expand the playoffs to 10 teams. Other interesting news from Selig included the possibility of using designated hitters in NL parks for interleague games and that there won’t be a salary cap in the next collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union.

The commissioner said most baseball executives aren’t for more instant replays, but the league is looking into two changes to the current instant replay usage. He also said the netting which protects the fans behind home plate won’t be extended in the near future and there won’t be any rule changes designed to protect catchers because of the play in which San Francisco catcher Buster Posey had his leg broken win a plate collision earlier in the season. Selig was asked about realignment, but said that it’s not likely to happen in the foreseeable future.

Touching more on the instant replay topic, it’s only used now to determine if a home run actually went out of the park and if it was a fair or foul ball. However, some people feel video replay should also be used to decide if line drives are fair or foul and for close calls at home plate.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Bud Selig urged Sandy Alderson to be Mets General Manager

According to the Peter Botte of the NY Daily News,  Sandy Alderson had said Monday that he's had no second thoughts about taking the Mets GM job in the fall.

But he conceded Tuesday night that without baseball commissioner Bud Selig's urging, he probably wouldn't have even applied for the position or left his previous job with MLB cleaning up its Dominican operation.

"Probably not, and the reason was I was already working," Alderson said during an appearance to benefit the Fans for the Cure prostate cancer charity in Manhattan. "Absent (Selig) asking to go ahead and pursue this, and to some degree urging me to pursue it, I'd still be in Santo Domingo studying Spanish."

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